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Determinants of occupational mobility: the importance of place of work

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David McCollum, Ye Liu, Allan Findlay, Zhiqiang Feng, Glenna Nightingale

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This research focuses on individual and place-based determinants of occupational mobility in Scotland over the period 2001–11. Its originality relates to the importance of workplace location, rather than residential locations, on occupational mobility, and in questioning the idea that spatial mobility accelerates occupational mobility. The findings also indicate that skill level and employment in ‘knowledge-intensive’ sectors are key determinants of career progression. Urban career escalator effects are found to be particularly evident for higher-skilled workers. The findings point to the importance of spatial sophistication and sectoral sensitivity in understandings of occupational mobility.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1612-1623
Number of pages12
JournalRegional Studies
Issue number12
Early online date30 Jan 2018
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2018

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  • Escalator regions, Place of work, Migration, Occupational mobility, Scotland

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